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'Bad' foods that can actually help you lose weight

You don't have to give up your favorite foods in order to lose weight. From steak and eggs, to peanut butter and bread, here are the top foods to keep you in shape.

Steak

You don't have to shy away from red meat just because you are on a diet. A lean cut of steak has about the same amount of saturated fat as chicken.

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Sorbet

Even if you are dieting, you shouldn't have to go without dessert! Unlike ice cream, sorbet doesn't contain fat, but it still has a creamy taste.

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Peanut Butter

High in fat and calories? Actually, people who eat peanut butter are more likely to lose weight and keep it off than people following a regimented, low-fat diet, according to research from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Research from Purdue University indicates that men feel fuller after eating the sticky snack.

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Eggs

For years there has been much debate over eggs: to eat or not to eat? Now, research has proven that eating eggs in the morning are good for you since they are packed with protein, which will keep you fuller longer.

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Coffee

Caffeine raises blood pressure and heart rate, which can be bad for people with heart problems. But some studies have shown that caffeine speeds metabolism and suppresses appetite. However, drinking sugary soft drinks or adding lots of sugar and cream to your coffee will negate caffeine's positive effects.

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Coconut

Although it contains saturated fat, coconut oil can actually increase your metabolism and help you lose weight, according to www.coconut.org. Additionally, coconut oil won't increase your cholesterol levels and it also has been shown to reduce symptoms of some digestive disorders.

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Cheese

Cheese is crucial to weight loss because of its calcium properties. Studies have showed that obese adults who eat diets high in dairy lose significantly more weight than those who do not. On the down side, cheese is usually high in fat and salt.

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Bubblegum

It can stick to your dental work and ruin your teeth if you chew the sugary kind, but a professor of nutrition at the University of Rhode Island believes the act of chewing gum suppresses the appetite and stimulates the metabolism. 

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Bread

Oh no, not bread. It's filled with carbs, right? Well, high-quality bread filled with fiber, minerals and vitamins is actually low on the glycemic index - meaning it won't cause the spike in blood sugar that can lead to weight gain. If you are looking to lose weight, you should be looking for the words "100 percent whole wheat or whole grain" when picking out a loaf. However, avoid words like "wheat flour," which is not high in fiber like whole wheat or whole grain.

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Almonds

Nuts may be loaded with fat, but it's the good kind of fat. They also have plenty of 'filling' fiber. So it may be worth it to snack on almonds, peanuts or cashews instead of potato chips or cookies.

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'Bad' foods that can actually help you lose weight

You don't have to give up your favorite foods in order to lose weight. From steak and eggs, to peanut butter and bread, here are the top foods to keep you in shape.

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